The Guinean-registered vessel reportedly left Freetown with a group of Sierra Leoneans who had been sheltering in the city's football stadium, along with an estimated 20,000 other displaced people. UNHCR was to screen the group today in Conakry in the hope of being able to transfer those refugees not in need of further medical attention, to camps in Forecariah.
Since the battle for Freetown began the first week of January, 2,132 Sierra Leonean refugees have been registered crossing into Guinea. Overall, there are 350,000 Sierra Leonean refugees in Guinea.
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